• John Vogel

    Time and 'Tech' Sure Have Changed Us

    Nor' east Thinkin'

     by John Vogel
     on May 29, 2009

    The other evening I pulled a big black and white photo out of my “family pictures” box. It got my mental cogs a-spinning about how agriculture has changed in just the last 60 years.   That picture showed my Grandpa Henry knocking out weeds in newly-emerged corn with the best technology of the early 1950s – a rotary hoe pulled by a two-popper John Deere A. Grandpa was progressive for his day. His broad-brimmed straw hat is today’s sun-safety standard. The picture was courtesy of the local…

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    Real Dairy Leaders Needed, Wanted

    Nor' east Thinkin'

     by John Vogel
     on May 19, 2009

    After this afternoon’s teleconference hosted by the National Family Farm Coalition, I’m more convinced than ever: America’s dairy industry is suffering greatly because of the lack of cohesive leadership.   I don’t milk cows. But I do perch in a dairy barn “catbird seat”, and listen to what’s going on.   After hearing three Congressmen say this spring that the dairy industry is so fragmented that “we don’t know who to listen to,” I’m convinced that nothing will be done until the industry…

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    How We've Changed!

    Nor' east Thinkin'

     by John Vogel
     on May 12, 2009

    Last week, while driving before sun-up, I looked across country – if it can still be called “country” today – at all the lights: House lights, yard lights, street lights, ball field lights, parking lot lights, sign lights, you-name-it lights.   If you listen closely, you can almost hear billions of electric motors and power generators humming as they pump out gazillions of mega-watts to light our world. And if you could take a spin around Mother Earth, you’d be awestruck by the light being…

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    Recesson Smells of Ag Opportunity

    Nor' east Thinkin'

     by John Vogel
     on May 6, 2009

    One privilege of my job is that I travel a lot of highways and byways to meetings and visit farmers. Visiting farmers and their families and enjoying the rural countryside is the best part of my work.   Those travels also take me around a lot of cities in the Northeast. And, from Washington, D.C., to Bangor, Maine, I’ve seen so many majestic “tombstones” – huge, new corporate and financial buildings – testimony to their executives’ fiscal astuteness – lack thereof.   The businesses that…

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